The Simpsons Hit and Run: Could the rumours be true?
There are always rumours floating around in the gaming world, that’s a fact. If it’s not speculation about the next generation of consoles or what microtransaction rubbish EA are cooking up, then it’s usually about a potential remaster.
There is a long list of games that I would love to receive a beauty treatment, Mass Effect trilogy anyone!? But there is a rumour going around that I can’t get out of my head, it is one that I have been thinking about for years…SIMPSONS HIT AND RUN!
The Simpsons Hit and Run was a fantastic game, a true joy from start to finish, then again all Simpsons games after the NES have been good. Initially released in 2003 (I was nine years old!), it was a game enjoyed by millions, by players of all ages. That loveable yellow family may be getting a bit stale in terms of its TV show, but its video game legacy lives on!
There were seven levels for you to complete, set in different areas of Springfield with different missions for you to complete. Each level had you playing as a different member of the family, Homer, Bart, Marge and Lisa, then of course APU! I loved that Apu had his own level, of all the characters living in Springfield I think Radical Entertainment chose the perfect character to join the family on this adventure.
The level design was great, it was fun, and of course, it has to be said you did not play the game properly if you were not running around the first level with Homer in only his underwear! The costumes were one of my favourite things about the entire game, police cop marge, cool Lisa and DO THE BARTMAN! They were iconic, and of course, those are just a few of the many costumes on sale in the game.
To go with awesome outfits, we needed awesome vehicles and boy did we get them. I can still remember now stealing the rocket car and driving through Burns’ mansion and into the power plant. There is a never-ending list of epic moments to be had in The Simpsons Hit and Run, and it would be well received on current generation consoles.
However, with just over a year to go until the launch of both Project Scarlett and the PlayStation 5, would it be worth Radical Entertainment holding off on a remaster until then? That’s a tricky one. Many would love to dive back into what was one of the best games found on PS2, Xbox and GameCube. However, would they prefer to wait another year for even better graphics?
The answer to that is likely 50/50, while some would be happy to wait, knowing they would have an awesome title to start off their PS5/ Scarlett collections. But, others do not have the patience to wait that long. Then again we’ve all been waiting for a damn Mass Effect trilogy remaster for years, even more so after Andromeda came out.
All I can say is…RADICAL PLEASE LISTEN TO ALL THE FANS WHO WANT THIS! Though, the original producer of the game Vlad Ceraldi did speak to LadBible:
“I could see it on multiple different types of platforms as a remake or remaster. It would have to take the parties who are in charge of the property to want that to happen and someone out there to decide that they were going to go out and do it. But absolutely, it would be fun to explore those characters and that universe again, that work again.”
Whatever happens, I for one would be chuffed to see a remaster or a full-blown remake of one of the finest games from my childhood.